Park University Imprint Express -- October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Dr. Virginia BrackettBrackett book recognized as a finalist for literary award

Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Honors Academy, and her electronic book, Girl Murders: Literarti, was recognized as one of 22 finalists for the Thorpe Menn Award by the Kansas City Branch of the American Association of University Women during a luncheon on Oct. 3 in Kansas City, Mo. The annual award recognizes literary excellence by a Kansas City area author. Brackett’s book is a fantasy murder-mystery retells the origins of the werewolf mythos. A young girl is torn from her own era, transported to an ancient time and given extraordinary new powers to aid her in a battle with unspeakable evil.

ICM String Quartet to perform at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Park University International Center for Music’s String Quartet has been selected to perform for Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern’s chamber music class on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m., in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. The concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are required — visit

The ICM String Quartet includes: Laurel Gagnon, sophomore applied music/strings major, and David Radzynski, graduate student in music performance, violin; Sunnat Ibragimov, graduate student pursuing a Master of Music degree, violoncello; and Alexander Smith, graduate student in music performance, viola. They will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K.387.”

Steven YoungbloodCenter for Global Peace Journalism to be featured at peace building conference

Steven Youngblood, director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University and associate professor of communication arts, will give the keynote address at a peace building conference hosted by Johnson County Community College on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Auditorium and the Regnier Center on the JCCC campus. The conference, “Culture of Forgiveness: Peace Building Lessons from Uganda,” will explore peace building initiatives in northern Uganda, with a special focus on how forgiveness is essential to building peace in post-conflict societies. Youngblood’s speech is titled “Peace and Reconciliation Journalism: Do You Forgive Joseph Kony?”

In addition to Youngblood’s presentation, three Park students will lead a breakout session on “Students Making Peace.” Bailey Puckett, sophomore political science/international politics major from St. Joseph, Mo. (attended Platte County High School, Platte City, Mo.), Doreen Nakigiri, sophomore information and computer science/software engineering major from Kampala, Uganda, and Sarah Stout, senior English writing major from Kansas City, Mo., will discuss their peace building experiences. For more information about the conference or to register, visit

University’s marketing initiatives available to view, share

Park University’s Office of University Marketing and Communications has received a number of inquiries from faculty, staff, students and alumni asking where they can view and/or share Park’s newest marketing initiatives.
          •  Park University television advertisements, including its recent “Go For It” campaign and additional 15-second spots —
          •  Park’s new radio, television, print advertisements, bus wraps, outdoor signage, etc. —

School of Business hosts ACBSP regional conference

Park University’s School of Business played host for the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs Region 5 Conference Oct. 16-17 in Kansas City, Mo. William Venable III, assistant professor of management and president-elect of Region 5, served as chair for the conference’s planning committee, and Michael Becraft, D.Mgt., Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business, was a member of the committee. Venable and Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business and a member of the ACBSP Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners, provided welcome comments to attendees to open the conference. Robert Mayer, adjunct instructor of business administration and finance, and a member of Park’s School of Business Advisory Board, was a panelist on a discussion on “Integrating Industry and Academe.”

The University and ACBSP also received a proclamation from the City of Kansas City, Mo., establishing the days of the conference as “Advancing Accreditation in Colleges and Universities Days” in the city. In addition, the Missouri House of Representatives passed a resolution to “applaud the history, goals and accomplishments associated with Park University,” and conveyed is best wishes for a successful conference.

Dr. Adam PotthastPotthast article published in journal; presents at ethics conference

Adam Potthast, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of philosophy, chair/program coordinator of liberal studies and program coordinator of peace studies and religion, had an article published in the recent issue of the journal Teaching Philosophy. In the article, “How to Teach Business Ethics,” Potthast discusses the problems and promise of teaching business ethics for both philosophers and non-philosophers,  emphasizing the importance of teaching skills of ethical thinking — as opposed to ethical theories. He also surveys the typical topics covered in business ethics courses and gives tips on what to emphasize. In addition, Potthast presented a talk at the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum’s International Conference, Oct. 2-4 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The presentation, “The Ethics of Rapid Technological Change,” discussed the human propensity to focus on ways to manipulate the environment and how the current rapid pace of technological change presents significant ethical and cultural problems in the near future.

Dr. Michael EskeyEskey presents paper at criminal justice association conference

Michael Eskey Ph.D., professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration, presented a paper at the Southern Criminal Justice Association Conference, Sept. 18 in Clearwater, Fla. The paper, “Cyber-Bullying in the Online Classroom: Training Needs and Career Effects,” addressed the current state of bullying in higher education, survey results of online faculty related to the topic of cyber-bullying, a comparison of a selection of college and university policies related to online bullying and a discussion of the possible effects of future employment in the field of criminal justice.

Dr. Stacey KikendallKikendall presents paper, chairs panel at 18th century studies conference

Stacey Kikendall, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and program coordinator of English literature, presented a paper at the Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Oct. 17-19 in Kansas City, Mo. Kikendall’s paper, “‘Just Subordination and Honest Independence’: Women in Maria Edgeworth’s Revolutionary Paris” examines Edgeworth’s 1809 novella Madame de Fleury. Through analyzing the various roles women occupy in the tale, as well as the challenges they face, Kikendall argued that Edgeworth constituted the city as a particularly fraught setting for women of all classes. In addition, Kikendall chaired a panel on “Women and Popular Literature.”

Dr. William EickhorstEickhorst serves as juror for art exhibit

William Eickhorst, Ed.D., adjunct instructor of art, served as the juror for the MidAmerica Pastel Society’s annual exhibition at the Tim Murphy Gallery in Merriam, Kan., held Aug. 21 through Sept. 27. Eickhorst reviewed 50 works in the exhibit, selecting the top three award-winners and honorable mention works.

Park In The News

Stacey Kolb, freshman nursing major, will appear on the television show “Let’s Ask America.” The episode Kolb will appear in will air on Monday, Oct. 27, and will repeat on Saturday, Nov. 1. In the Kansas City area, the show will air on KSHB-TV at 3 p.m. on Monday; the Saturday air time has not yet been determined.

Park University Board of Trustees member Michael Collins, ’04, president and chief executive officer of the Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo., appeared on the KSHB-TV (Kansas City) show “Kansas City Live” to discuss the Port Authority’s Phantoms at the River event.

A review of a performance by pianist Behzod Abduraimov, Park University International Center for Music artist-in-residence, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Oct. 18, appeared in the Oct. 20 issue of the Los Angeles Times. The review included the comment, “Already, the magic name of (Vladimir) Horowitz has come up in the media as a comparison, and perhaps those huge hammered octaves and a few coloristic pedaling effects do suggest this, but Abduraimov is a far more physically demonstrative pianist than was the deceptively composed Horowitz.”

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of Park University’s Center for Leadership, who will be inducted into the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in March 2015, was highlighted in a story about the announcement in The Kansas City Star on Oct. 21. The SWFH recognizes Kansas City area women whose contributions have left a lasting impact on the region.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  October 29 -- Victor Valley College (Calif.) Campus Center Grand Opening/Ribbon-Cutting, 6 p.m., Victorville, Calif.
     •  October 30 -- Fright Night, 6-8 p.m., Copley Quad
     •  November 1 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  November 1 -- Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., 3990 E. Broad St.
     •  November 2 -- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center, Springfield, Ohio
     •  November 7 -- Plaque Dedication / Flag Raising Ceremony for Medal of Honor Recipient Lewis L. Millett, ’63, 1 p.m., Thompson Commons
     •  November 7 -- International Center for Music Concert: ICM Chamber and String Orchestra, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 9 -- Letters from the Front: The Christmas Truce of 1914, 2 p.m., National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  November 9 -- Parkville Community Choir Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 11 -- Veteran’s Day (Parkville Daytime Campus closed; Fall II classes held)
     •  November 12 -- Ethnic Voices Poetry Series: Gerald Vizenor, 6:30 p.m., The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, Mo.
     •  November 14 -- International Center for Music Concert: The Music of Leonid Desyatnikov with Pianist Alexey Goribol, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 17 -- WWI Movie Talk: “The Outskirts,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  November 18 -- International Week Symposium: Promoting Peace, 2:45 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  November 27-30 -- Thanksgiving Recess
     •  December 1-January 6 -- Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition (Andrew McEachron, Brook Sherrill, Kristy Sumpter), Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  December 3 -- WWI Movie Talk: “Joyeux Noel,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  December 6 -- Admissions: Scholarship Day, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  December 6 -- International Center for Music Concert: Side-By-Side Performance with Violinist Ben Sayevich and Cellist Daniel Veis, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 12 -- Fall Semester ends
     •  December 13 -- Admissions: 1-on-1 Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  December 13 -- Kansas City Area Commencement, 11 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  December 13 -- Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 10 a.m., Charleston Club
     •  December 14 -- Fall II Session ends

Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit